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October 1930 (USA) See more »
Two desperate singers take a job as the singing act in a movie theater between shows. They soon regret their decision. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Joe Frisco ... Joe / Reese Brother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Callahan ... Joe's Partner / Reese Brother (uncredited)

Billy Gilbert ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Rosco, Stagehand (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ... Old Man at Boarding House (uncredited)
Marguerita Padula ... Woman (uncredited)
Al Rensland ... Fireman (uncredited)

Directed by
Bryan Foy 
Writing credits
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Herman Ruby 

Cinematography by
Frank Kesson 
Crew believed to be complete

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11 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone)

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Vitaphone production reel #4393.See more »
Joe:How many shows do we do today?
Stage Manager:We got no set rules. You guys wanna be ready at all times. And if I want ya, I'll call ya. If you hear me holler, "The Reese Brothers", that means you're on. The pictures almost off now. So, hurry up and get made up.
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Frisco's Daring Performance, 27 January 2008
Author: plushing from United States

It's a daring performance; Joe plays a barely surviving vaudevillian who partners in a terrible act. The joke is the theater is so low that they seem to be the only performers on the bill, so they have to keep doing their crummy song and dance every few minutes. Of course they deteriorate, but here's the thing: Joe Frisco mixes good moves with bad, as if to give us our money's worth by playing a poor entertainer with great verve, sneaking in legitimate grace notes. So he's playing "Joe Frisco", well-regarded entertainer, playing Joe Blow at the bottom of the vaudeville ladder. Billy Gilbert steals all his (brief) scenes. They get a lot of comedic mileage out of repetitious walks.

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